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October storm has little impact on state’s agriculture industry

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The major storm that passed through the state Oct. 13 brought a lot of wind and rain but caused little damage to the state’s row crops, because most of them were already harvested. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture figures released Oct. 12, harvest was 87 percent complete for rice, 74 percent […] [...]

NCCI petitioning for workers’ comp rate decrease

JACKSON — Employers in Mississippi could start paying less for workers’ compensation insurance as early as next March, pending approval of a rate filing at the Mississippi Insurance Department. The National Council on Compensation Insurance has filed an average 3.2 percent statewide rate reduction with the MID. “At a time when we are seeing so […] [...]

Ashley N. Wicks named commissioner

Butler Snow attorney Ashley N. Wicks has been named the minority-at-large member of the board of commissioners of The Mississippi Bar. Wicks is a member of Butler Snow’s business services group and the public finance, tax incentives and credit markets group. She focuses her practice on public finance, state and local taxation and tax and […] [...]

HORNE promotes team members

The accounting and business advisory firm HORNE LLP has made numerous promotions. Promoted team members include Lauren Welch, Dianna Broussard, Wesley Williams, David Papale, Amy Parnell, Jackie Brown, Pat Siegrist, Maliegh Ford, Nick Dubuisson, Jordan Wood, Justin Walley, Katie Barfield, Pol Steiner, Tim Hall, Brent Gay, David McClendon, Diane Laird, Renee Tabari and Hannah Lewis. […] [...]

Buddy McClain wins SONIC Drive-In’s Troy Smith award

SONIC Drive-In recently presented the Troy Smith Hall of Fame Award to franchisee Buddy McClain, chief executive officer of MVP Sonics. Named after SONIC’s founder, the Troy Smith Award is SONIC’s most prestigious award given to a franchisee that has worked with SONIC for a noteworthy duration and has made a significant contribution in terms […] [...]

BancorpSouth’s Gordon Lewis to retire

BancorpSouth Senior Executive Vice President Gordon Lewis is retiring effective Dec. 12. Lewis joined BancorpSouth in conjunction with the merger of First United Bancshares into BancorpSouth in 2000 where he was the regional chairman responsible for First United’s banks in Texas and Louisiana. Lewis also served as chairman, president and CEO of Fredonia State Bank […] [...]

Tracy Diez replacing Barbara Travis at MSWTC

by Published: October 17,2014

Tags: Mississippi World Trade Center, Tracy Diez

The Mississippi World Trade Center has named Tracy Diez its new executive director. She served the MSWTC as marketing and events coordinator since joining the organization in April 2012. Diez has 20 years of executive operational management experience in the non-profit and restaurant industries including business development, employee supervision, fiscal management, staff development, product and […] [...]

October 17th Digital Edition

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Farm theft investigation recovers $200K in stolen equipment

JACKSON — An investigation by the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, has resulted in the recovery of numerous pieces of stolen equipment. The Bureau anticipates arrests and charges to be forthcoming in the future. Lead MALTB Investigator Mike Braswell along with […] [...]

Catfish industry launches TV advertising campaign

JACKSON — This weekend, the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish industry will launch a new television advertising campaign aimed at raising awareness among Southern catfish eaters. The 30-second ad depicts a young soldier’s homecoming celebration, complete with a family gathering and a meal of fried catfish and sides. “Family gatherings are at the core of our consumer’s […] [...]

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